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Post Malone's Country Album: Everything We Know So Far

November 18, 2023 3:38 pm GMT
Last Edited April 9, 2024 11:48 am GMT

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Well, it looks like all those vision-board collages we created of Post Malone wearing cowboy hats have finally paid off. It's official - Posty is hard at work on his debut country album. With Posty having now shared a handful of snippets of unreleased music - including blockbuster collaborations with Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs - it seems the project's release date is inching closer and closer.

Although there's yet to be any label announcement, the man himself confirmed during a Twitch live stream last year that his “country record is coming”, before sharing he recorded a song for the project when he was in Nashville that he can't stop singing. He also revealed that he's currently working on two albums, with one presumably being the country project, and the other possibly being a more mainstream release.

This followed Posty's post-CMA Awards performance interview, where he responded to the question of whether it was time to record a country album with “I think so. Yes, ma'am”.

It seems the ‘Chemical’ hitmaker already has a number of songs in the can, with Post Malone being photographed during a recording session with two of Music City's primary songsmiths, Morgan Wallen and Ernest, before being snapped alongside two more members of Nashville's songwriting royalty, Luke Combs and James McNair.

Excitingly, Post Malone shared a teaser of his first ever original country song in February, which appears to be titled ‘I Ain't Got A Guy For That’, featuring Luke Combs. The infectious, uptempo track seems to be the result of the session with Combs and McNair.

Then, on March 13, Post Malone returned to his socials to upload another country song clip, ‘Missin’ You Like This’, which features the New York native's signature ethereal vocals floating across a sparse, brooding guitar and drum instrumental.

Later that month, Posty shared a new snippet of his Morgan Wallen duet, ‘I Had Some Help’, which Morgan had previously teased and then deleted shortly before Christmas. Although the sense of anticipation is at a fever-pitch ahead of any new music from Post Malone, ‘I Had Some Help’ is definitely the one fans have been clamouring for the most out of all the snippets and demos he's been uploading.

There was a bizarre rumour that the infectious, uptempo track was going to arrive on April 5th, but - to fans’ disappointment - that day came and went without any new music from Posty. Given how viral ‘I Had Some Help’ has now become, it seems likely either this or ‘I Ain't Got A Guy For That’ will be the lead single for the album.

During a Holler interview in February, Ashley Cooke revealed that Post Malone is working with “a lot” of people at her label, so we may be able to expect some Big Loud up-and-comers such as Jake Worthington and Lauren Watkins to appear on the record.

With Post Malone having spoken with Joe Rogan earlier in the year about his deep-seated love for traditional-leaning, alt-country artists such as Colter Wall, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers, we'd be surprised if this style didn't colour some of Posty's record.

In the same interview, the multi-Diamond-certified artist recalled how he'd tried to work with Colter in the past, only to find that the famously reclusive cowboy wasn't prepared to leave his ranch to do so. Now, though, we're hoping Post Malone makes the trip to Saskatchewan for a session, because Posty's distinctive vibrato and Colter's husky, weather-worn vocals would undoubtedly sound incredible together.

Furthermore, Jelly Roll has repeatedly expressed his admiration for Post Malone's sonic blueprint, with the duo linking up backstage during the CMA Awards 2023, as well as during the Reportin’ For Duty tribute to Leslie Jordan in February.

With Jelly having previously underlined his eagerness to hit the studio with Posty, we think the ‘Need A Favor’ maverick is another name we can expect to appear on the album's tracklist.

As our imagination begins to run wild with guestlist wish-lists and predictions, we're wondering whether - given Post Malone guested on Beyoncé's record-breaking 2024 COWBOY CARTER project - perhaps she'll return the favour by appearing on his project.

In addition to Colter wall's outlaw aesthetic and the Hip-Hop-minded country fusion that Morgan Wallen, Ernest and Jelly Roll have pioneered, as we attempt to pin down what kind of record we can expect from Post Malone's debut country effort, we imagine there'll also be a notable retro-country influence on the project.

Posty has shared stellar covers of classics such as Hank Williams’ ‘Honky Tonk Blues’, Toby Keith's ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’, Brad Paisley's ‘I'm Gonna Miss Her’ and Sturgill Simpson's ‘You Can Have The Crown‘. His first ‘official’ foray into the genre was his reimagined HIXTAPE duet with the late Joe Diffie, ‘Pick-Up Man’.

Post Malone's electrifying performance of ‘Pick-Up Man’ with HARDY and Morgan Wallen during the 2023 CMA Awards was one of the stand-out moments of the evening, with the single since earning Posty his first Billboard Country Airplay hit.

However, given how HARDY and Morgan Wallen do not feature on the studio version of ‘Pick-Up Man’, and bearing in mind how big a fan HARDY is of Post Malone, it seems a little odd that he hasn't taken this opportunity to duet with the chart titan on a song.

This makes us think HARDY will most likely be joining Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs and Ernest on the list of collaborators for Post Malone's upcoming country album.

Post Malone is set to perform a set of classic country covers at Stagecoach 2024 on April 27, a move he explained in a recent Esquire interview, “Everybody comes up to me like, ‘When are you doing a country album?’ And this is a nice little step into that world”.

With Posty now having made far more than “a little step” into country music, we think he may be eyeing this festival set as his deadline for his project, with the performance serving as the perfect opportunity to showcase a few original tunes alongside the covers.

Whenever Post Malone decides to drop his long-awaited debut country album, and whoever ends up on the list of featured artists, we're just happy this moment has at last arrived.

If Posty's rendition of ‘Pick-Up Man’ is anything to go by, his first full-length country project will be a truly game-changing moment for the genre - and we can't wait to hear it.

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